4 points - We have been analyzing the most important needs in a proper foil board. Those would be deflection, buoyancy, tempo, and footwear.
When you are wakesurfing you always want contact with the waterline. That gives you the control to create leverage and speed. As we foiled more, we realized you don’t want any of those qualities in your board. In wakefoiling, your angle and quickness should be coming directly from your foil. The board’s job is to rebound off the water as quickly as possible allowing the mast to get back into the correct height again. We did this by creating a pronounced directional rockerline looking
We found the best prototypes were the ones that would have medium rise when we were standing on them underwater. As boards got too thick it was difficult to do a deep-water start. Half the time we foil we start with the board underneath our feet in the water. If the board is too thin, you don’t have enough buoyancy which won’t create the feel we were looking for with the board as we were preparing to take off. Neutral buoyancy 2.0 for the flight variety is born.
The lighter board – the quicker /easier the initiation of a turn is – but if the board feels too light it will want to initiate a turn before your body does. Or vice versa – if the board is delayed from your natural movement – in either of these scenarios you have the dreaded cross up. Finding the right tempo in the shape and construction was vital. We shaped countless prototypes to figure out the balancing act of meeting buoyancy and swing weight needs – for a the right rhythm between rider and board.
Straps are included - those first couple times you ride - your boat driver will thank you for using them. It’s easier to get up with them while you learn to feel stable in a foiling body position.